• Mid-December - Sightings, 18 Dec

    In wintery conditions, the hardy watchers at Old Moor still managed to compile a creditable list of forty or so bird species today. Not at all bad - for mid-December. Now to dry off those notebooks!

    Here’s the summary…

    Paul Dennis visited Edderthorpe Flash and reported: five pochard, four shelduck, eighty or so lapwing, eleven mute swan, two common gull, four grey heron and three cormorant. Thanks Paul.

    • 18 Dec 2018
  • Well Worth It - Sightings, 16 Dec

    Mild, bright, still. Perfect for a walk down to the reedbeds where – well, you never know your luck do you?

    Here’s the summary…

    While many tried their luck with the beardies, there was another turn up and not that far away. Over at The Garganey Trust’s, Broomhill Flash (a short walk down the Trans Pennine Trail) four Egyptian goose were spotted.

    Now we have had multiple Egyptian geese in the…

    • 16 Dec 2018
  • Bean Back – Sightings, 13 Dec

    Evening Folks! It was another beautiful winter’s day in the Dearne Valley with plenty of sun - even if the big coats were finally getting some use.

    First, the summary of the day’s sightings…

    In the reedbeds today, along with that singing Cetti’s were (yet again) ‘pinging’ beardies. I’d almost given up hope of seeing them today when their calls alerted listeners to a location about 30m north of ‘Bittern…

    • 13 Dec 2018
  • Essential Reedling - Sightings, 11 Dec.

    For the third day in a row now, a small group of bearded tit have provided some exceptional views for visitors to Old Moor. Further details on that in a moment, but first the summary of sightings from today…

    Not to take away the forty or so other bird species at Old Moor right now, but today the highlight for most visitors were those incredible beardies.

    So, if you are a person who has yet to see these birds in…

    • 11 Dec 2018
  • Wonders - Sightings, 09 Dec

    What more could you want from Old Moor in December? - A (fairly) mild day with beautiful, clear sunshine; some brilliant bird sightings; and even a concert band playing carols!

    Here’s the summary of sightings…

    It was the perfect day for a saunter down to the reedbeds. After watching a kingfisher flashing along the channel in front of the Reedbed Screen; and a buzzard sunbathing; a Cetti’s warbler made us…

    • 9 Dec 2018
  • Breezy - Sightings, 6 Dec.

    Sunshine may have been in short supply but it was mild at least and dry and there were an impressive fifty or more bird species at Old Moor today! Here’s the quick summary…

    At Bolton Ings, John Seeviour reported: two mute swan, one great crested grebe, twelve mallard, three shoveler, three gadwall, four wigeon, twelve tufted duck, nine pochard, nine cormorant and two grey heron. There were also five common…

    • 6 Dec 2018
  • Surprises - Sightings, 4 Dec.

    Turned out, it was a day of surprises at Old Moor today. Crisp frost and sunshine lasted for the best part of the morning with much of the action taking place against a blue, winter sky.

    Here’s the summary…

    Now the map above provides headlines for those that want just that, but today’s sightings book contained far more detail than I could fit beside it.

    For example, in the Bird Garden, watchers saw…

    • 4 Dec 2018
  • Around Half Three - Sightings, 2 Dec.

    It was great to see so many folk ignoring the pull of seasonal shopping in order to take in the delights of Old Moor today.

    Here’s a summary of the birds seen…

    And it was a surprisingly mild one with temperatures up around 13°C. It is true that the day was mostly overcast but, when the sun did break through, it was all the more welcome.

    A cormorant on the Mere enjoying the winter sun

    As well as four…

    • 2 Dec 2018
  • What Next? - Sightings, 29 Nov.

    It was like a scene from a film. This afternoon the storm abated and the skies cleared. Not only were there rainbows, but a male hen harrier flew past watchers at Bolton Ings!

    If anyone there spoke, it was probably to say, ‘Blimey! Look at that!’ ( -or something similar).

    Here is today’s summary from Old Moor…

    As I’ve already mentioned Bolton Ings, John Seeviour reported: three mute swan…

    • 29 Nov 2018
  • Drizzlin’ - Sightings, 27 Nov

    Though the morning was dry, this afternoon was so damp animals started to pair up! - Still that’s what hides and good boots are for. Here is today’s summary of birds seen at Old Moor…

    News from elsewhere in the valley starts with a report from David Bamforth at Broomhill Flash. He recorded: three black-tailed godwit; a jack snipe; one dunlin and twenty-six shoveler. Thanks David.

    Alan Stonier provided…

    • 27 Nov 2018
  • And Now White-fronted - Sightings, 25 Nov

    Hi Folks! Here’s the summary of birds seen today at Old Moor…

    At Adwick Washland today, Nigel Smith reported: 7 grey heron, 1 little egret, 95 greylag goose, 190 Canada goose, 1 bean goose, 5 pink-footed goose (plus another 26 west), 15 mallard, 35 teal, 8 gadwall, 244 wigeon, 4 shelduck, 3 coot, 3 lapwing, 10 snipe and 2 buzzard. Thanks Nigel.

    At Broomhill Flash, three white-fronted geese were reported…

    • 25 Nov 2018
  • November WEX - Recycling

    Morning everybody, let's hope that this mist lifts before long today but in the meantime, I have a lovely read for you. It's from Freddie and it's the latest instalment of our fabulous WEX blog. 

    Thanks very much Freddie & over to him... :) 

    WEX BLOG

    This time at WEX we did all about environmental issues and recycling. Firstly I got a big piece of brown paper and I drew different animal and bird tracks…

    • 24 Nov 2018
  • Mist and Fog - Sightings 23rd November

    Hello there, it's time for those sightings once again. The Dearne Valley today has been full of fog and then mist. By the time I got there this afternoon it was misty,and a big improvement on this morning I was told!

    I thought of it as 'atmospheric'...

    Here's the sightings summary from Old Moor with the addition of the Tundra Bean Goose at Wombwell today. Clicking on the image will give a much better view…

    • 23 Nov 2018
  • Three Out of Four - Sightings, 20 Nov.

    Is there anything finer than coming in to the warm on a cold and wet day, after being out seeing some incredible birds? Luckily in the Dearne Valley today, you could do both!

    Here’s the summary from Old Moor…

    In among the yellowing leaves of Old Moor’s Bird Garden, a grey wagtail has now become a regular sight. Cyril Turner managed to catch him mid-strut. Thanks Cyril.

    Grey wagtail on a better day…

    • 20 Nov 2018
  • Tundra Bean Goose - 19th Nov

    Hello again, the excitement at Old Moor today has been about the arrival and good views of a Tundra Bean Goose. If you click on this link to a post on Twitter, hopefully you will get a good view of it too. Thanks to Ryan McClarence for sharing his photo on Twitter. 

    Here's the sightings summary from today - click on the image for a larger and sharper view.... It seems to have shrunk a bit in the upgrade, but time will tell…

    • 19 Nov 2018
  • On and Around - Sightings, 18-11-18

    It was another busy Sunday at Old Moor with some intriguing sightings from both ‘on’ the reserve and ‘around’ it. But first the summary…

    Gary Stones provide the sightings from Adwick Washland today. His report is here and includes some terrific photos of dunlin and buzzard. Thanks Gary.

    At Old Moor, the day’s ‘headliners’ were sparrowhawk (Bird Garden and Wath Ings), peregrine (pylon and…

    • 18 Nov 2018
  • Welcome Volunteer Blog

    Morning everybody, I'm posting a blog on behalf of Ivy Sheryn who is the new Membership Recruitment Manager at Old Moor. She is  currently looking for some 'Welcome Volunteers' to join her team. 

    A day being a Welcome Volunteer

    I start my day at 9am when I walk into our Visitor Centre at Old Moor. Before I can start doing anything I make myself a cup of coffee as need my wakeup jolt in the mornings! Then I go…

    • 16 Nov 2018
  • Bags of Character - Sightings, 15 Nov.

    Yet another mild and bright day in the Dearne Valley made for some great watching. Here’s a summary of the birds seen at Old Moor today…

    At Bolton Ings, John Seeviour recorded: two mute swan and a juvenile, two little grebe, one great crested grebe, five mallard, two gadwall, one teal, forty-seven tufted duck, five pochard and 350 coot. With them were six cormorant, three grey heron, three herring gull,…

    • 15 Nov 2018
  • A Modest Murm - Sightings, 13 Nov.

    Hi Folks! It seems that our wonderful technical folk have got the new and improved Community platform up and running. And earlier than expected too! So, to give it a bit of a test, here are today's sightings...

    As ever, sightings news from Bolton Ings came via John Seeviour and can be found here. Thanks John.

    Jeff Wragg reported from Broomhill Flash that there were twenty-four snipe, one jack snipe, six red-legged…

    • 13 Nov 2018
  • Fresh Paint - Sightings, 6 Nov.

    Evening Folks. Here's a summary of the birds seen today at Old Moor and Edderthorpe...

    Before I forget, first a bit of news. It seems that the RSPB’s technical folks are about to redecorate this part of the website. Between the 12th and the 18th of November, our community pages are to receive a lick of paint - or ‘upgrade’ if you prefer.

    What this means for us is that, from the 8th November,…

    • 7 Nov 2018
  • Small AND Far Away - Sightings, 4 Nov.

    Old Moor’s standards are so high that a day where “only” fifty-four species of bird were seen, seemed - well, a bit “quiet”. Look closer, of course, and things were anything but.

    Here’s a summary of what was seen today…

    Over at Adwick Washland, Nigel Smith reported a comprehensive list of birds including a good range of gulls and thirteen fieldfare. His summary can be found…

    • 5 Nov 2018
  • Stories & Sightings - 2nd Nov

    Hello again, it has been an absolutely stunning day at Old Moor with glorious sunshine, many sightings and a few stories!

    Here's the sightings summary from today. As per usual, click on the photo for a larger and sharper view. 

    From the satellite sites today I have news from Bolton Ings via John Seeviour. This is what he saw - 2 mute swans with 2 juvs, one little grebe, 16 mallard, 1 tufted duck, 3 male pochard…

    • 3 Nov 2018
  • And Redpolls - Sightings, 1 Nov.

    Some folk call that time, just before sunset, the ‘golden hour’ and today at Old Moor there was a perfect example. Yes, the rest of the day was fairly overcast, but that final hour more than made up for it!

    Here’s the summary of what was seen today…

    You can see above some headlines from Edderthorpe and Broomhill with the picture from Bolton being provided by John Seeviour via Twitter here

    • 2 Nov 2018
  • 2 Jack Snipe, Beardies & a Beginning... - Sightings 31st oct

    Hello again, before I explain my title, here's the summary of today at Old Moor. As per usual, a click on the image will give a larger and sharper view.

    So to my title. Today watchers were delighted to find 2 jack snipe from the hide at Wath Ings. One was very distant and at the back - best views were had from a scope. The second one was a bit nearer and was seen from the right hand side of the hide. Again, the…

    • 1 Nov 2018
  • Nine Layers - Sightings, 30 Oct

    One fellow volunteer at Old Moor, summed the day up well. She said, “A week ago it was t-shirts, today it’s nine layers!” But despite the nip in the air, there were some good sightings out there. Here’s a summary of what was seen…

    The news from Edderthorpe came courtesy of Graham Speight whose sightings can be found here. Thanks Graham.

    Colin and Linda Gaham shared news of a jack snipe…

    • 31 Oct 2018